Introductory IEW Composition
This writing class is founded on the concepts taught in the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) program by Andrew Pudewa. The IEW program teaches structure and style: structure to develop organizational skills, and style to allow for individuality and creativity. The high-interest source materials for these classes have been chosen to launch the imagination and enthusiasm of elementary, middle school, and high school students. Grade-appropriate source materials are provided. In the intro and elementary classes, writing during the class period is typically limited to crafting keyword outlines, brainstorming applicable descriptive details, and working through periodic worksheets to support new stylistic or structural elements.
The introductory IEW class for grades 2-4 features the following:
• Most of the weekly writing assignments are limited to 1 short paragraph; you may expect 1-2 hours of homework each week.
• Students engage in abundant group in-class preparation for individual written work — outlining, brainstorming stylistic elements and material for topic sentences, and so on.
• As far as structural elements, we cover IEW units 1-5, and touch on units 6 and 7.
• Of the IEW stylistic elements, we will address all the basic dress-ups and just one sentence opener. We may explore a variety of decorations (including dialog and similes, for example).
• We’ll delve into narrative, report, and essay writing. Students will work up to some finished compositions of 3 paragraphs.
• Students will learn some basics of MLA formatting.
This introductory IEW class is best suited for students in 2nd-4th grade who
• Can read aloud and to themselves with or without assistance
• May have limited experience with grammatical concepts, but are acquainted with nouns, verbs, and adjectives
• Can usually recognize a complete sentence as beginning with a capital letter and ending with punctuation, with or without parental help
• Can copy notes from the whiteboard without assistance
The cost of the class is $80 per 6-week session. Enrollment in any session is not complete until you have both completed the form below AND paid your class fee in full, including any late fees due, etc.
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o Each session payment is due 1 week before the session begins. Payments made after first day of class (any session) are subject to a $10 late fee per week.
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